An independent photographer named the most touching street photos taken by photographers from around the world (10 photos)

The Independent Photographer, an international network of enthusiasts and photographers, has announced the winners of a street photography competition held in May 2022. We received images from over 50 different countries, mostly from the USA (30% of participants), but also from Italy, the UK, Germany and China.

The Street Photography Competition aims to celebrate and reward photographers for being the best at observing and capturing life on the streets. Whether it was the photographers own urban environment or their exploration of other territories and cultures, we were looking for those spontaneous and fleeting moments and we are thrilled to present the work of these incredibly talented artists!

Competition Judge: Bruce Gilden. A member of Magnum Photos since 1998, Bruce Gilden is one of the most iconic street photographers of our time. Known for his graphic and often confrontational flash close-ups, Gilden has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and, in 2013, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Since the 1970s, his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

We are pleased to present images of 10 artists whose work demonstrates an exceptional level of talent. All full captions can be found on The Independent Photographer’s winners page, as well as testimonials from contest judge Bruce Gilden.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

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Davide Albani – 1st place. Prize – $1000

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany.

The picture was taken during the world famous beer festival Oktoberfest.

Valentine de Vilmer – 2nd place. The prize is $600.

Boy Scouts – Paris, France.

“I was walking around Paris when I heard children’s conversations and laughter from afar. I saw that it was a group of child scouts, and I knew that there was an interesting shot there. So I stood in the middle of the street so that they were looking at me. Suddenly, one child grabs his friend by the shoulder and shouts, “Look over there!” and I quickly snapped a picture as he raised his hand to point at something behind me.”

Francesco Gioia – 3rd place. The prize is $400.

“Hand and Cigarette” – Leicester Square, London, UK.

Brad Jones – finalist

“Fragile Utopia 72”

“I started Fragile Utopia with the conviction that I was creating a project that would document my daily life in Brooklyn. Realizing at the time that this city was my refuge culturally and politically, since I grew up in a small rural town. I came to the conclusion that Fragile Utopia is more of a construct of the world that I want to see in my imagination.”

Andrea Badiou-Slabu – finalist

“People of Paris” – Paris, France.

“I believe he lived in Paris most of his life. How many times has he been photographed? I want to guess not much. But now there is at least one.”

Anna Biret – finalist

Looking to the Future – India.

“I was at the bus stop and this girl on her way to school caught my attention. She had a very intriguing personality, a form of pride and modernity that is in direct contrast to the reality of life in India.”

Dovlet Annaev – finalist

“Gel Doi” – Berlin, Germany.

The night shot was taken on a snowy winter night on the streets of Berlin, Germany.

Ilya Nikolaev – finalist

Coffee and Cigarette – Manhattan, New York, USA.

Candid photo taken on 47th Street in New York.

Inge Colin – finalist

Street Scene – Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Boys look for fallen fish at a fish market in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Pierluigi Mesolella – finalist

Launched in 2016, The Independent Photographer has quickly become a go-to resource for the world of international photography thanks to the popularity of its online magazine and annual exhibitions. We run a monthly photo competition to identify new talent, judged by Steve McCurry, Maggie Steber, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alessia Glaviano, Ed Kashi (and many more), bringing together the biggest names in photography. To date, we have hosted over 60 competitions and awarded over $140,000 worth of prizes to artists, and have printed, published and featured over 400 photographers both online and at our annual exhibitions.

We welcome all photographers. From professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs to beginners. We are interested in all kinds of photography and we believe that everyone has a chance.

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